Barnsley Council Cabinet Members will be asked to approve a new vehicle replacements report at their next meeting on Wednesday, 21 August.
The report recommends the replacement of 149 vehicles from the council's fleet alongside an additional five procured to improve service delivery across 12 council departments and three external partners.
25 per cent of these vehicles will be upgraded to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). The report also seeks to upgrade 100 per cent of the council's PEST control vehicles to electric, making it the council's first all-electric service. Altogether these upgrades will help to support the council's clean air strategy and the Government's 'Road to Zero' strategy.
Following the vision to create a 'brighter future and a better Barnsley', upgrading old vehicles to newer suitable technology will help to reduce carbon emissions and provide future sustainability for the council and its partners.
Every vehicle has a lifespan based on the type of vehicle, the role it carries out and its usage. Once a vehicle reaches the end of this lifespan, there is an increase in maintenance cost and downtime.
The current vehicles under the replacement proposals are of old diesel or petrol emission standards, meaning they are more polluting. The upgrade would see that the new vehicles meet the latest Euro emissions standards.
Moving the fleet away from petrol and diesel power towards electric is a priority within the Councils Air Quality Action Plan. The outcomes of the strategy will make a significant contribution towards reducing emissions that the council fleet emits while enabling our workers to carry out their essential services across the borough.
If approved, the report will also support the installation of 30 electrical vehicle charging points at council buildings around the town. These improvements will further assist in providing cleaner air quality and take into consideration the health benefits that lower and zero carbon emission vehicles bring for local communities.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: "The vehicle replacement strategy aims to improve the
equipment used by services within the council and its partners.
"The proposed upgrades will have a positive impact on the council's service delivery, providing a more efficient and reliable service for our residents. The new vehicles will have the latest safety technology installed and save us time and money. They will also help us to meet our aims of achieving improved air
quality across the borough."
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
We're committed to #ProtectIt by improving air quality through improvements within our borough. #OwnIt by making some small changes, such as walking to work to help reduce carbon emissions.